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Soho Theatre present Spine by Clara Brennan

Clara Brennan's SPINEFoolscap, in association with Soho Theatre, present Spine by Clara Brennan at Soho Theatre Upstairs, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE Tuesday 21st October to Sunday 2nd November 2014

Following the success of its sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Clara Brennan’s Spine – winner of a Fringe First and Herald Angel – comes to London. This touching, delicately multi-layered monologue stars Rosie Wyatt who won a Stage Award for Acting Excellence for her Edinburgh performance.

Spine is a hilarious, pan-generational and heart-breaking call to arms for our modern age. It charts the explosive, unexpected friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow (skilfully brought to life by the same actress) which blossoms over stolen library books. Mischievous activist pensioner Mrs Glenda is hell-bent on leaving a political legacy and saving Amy from the Tory scrapheap because, as she says, ‘there’s nothing more terrifying than a teenager with something to say’.

Spine is the life-affirming story of a young woman, forced to realise the importance of books and knowledge, as she finds her political voice in an age of apathy.

In this era of damaging coalition cuts and disillusionment, has politics forgotten the people it’s meant to represent? Can we really take the power back? Amy is about to be forced to find out. Brennan, Wyatt and director Bethany Pitts have together produced a vital piece of theatre about the right to knowledge and the power of community in the face of access to both being annexed by the over-privileged few.

Spine was originally created as a 15 minute short as part of Theatre Uncut 2012 (Fringe First Award Winner) – in which Wyatt also starred. The full-length version of Spine was also shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and the Brighton Fringe Award.

Clara Brennan won the Channel 4 Playwright award for her forthcoming play The Vendor and is resident at the Soho Theatre for 2014. She received the Off-WestEnd Adopt a Playwright Award in 2012. Previous work includes Bud Take the Wheel I Feel a Song Coming On (Underbelly), Theatre Uncut plays Hi Vis (Southwark Playhouse, Teatre Lliure), Spine (Young Vic) and The Wing (Young Vic), Monogram (Cockpit Theatre) Rain as part of Lough/Rain (Underbelly/York Theatre Royal) Portmanteau (Bike Shed Theatre) and Births, Marriages and Deaths (High-Hearted Theatre). She has film and television series in development. A reading of her new play Boa starring Dame Harriet Walter premiered at the HighTide Festival 2014.

Spine by Clara Brennan
Performance Dates Tuesday 21
st October – Sunday 2
nd November 2014, 3pm
Saturday matinees, 2.30pm
Sundays, 5.30pm
No performances on Mondays
Running time 1 hour
Location Soho Theatre – Upstairs, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
Box Office Tickets are available from www.sohotheatre.com or 020 7478 0100 at
£15 (£12.50) or previews at £10

Friday 12th September 2014


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